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Karen (contact: mail@KarensKin.com)

"The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge"

I have been researching my ancestors and building my family tree for over 30 years and compiling my information with the help of living relatives, Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com and loads of photos, certificates, binders and boxes.  I have visited libraries, family history centre archives, neighbourhoods, cemeteries and new found family members.  I've met and developed friendships with second, third, fourth and fifth cousins in Canada, the UK, the US and Australia - some online and several in person.

I have always wanted to write "stories" about my ancestors to add some life to all the facts and records.

Through Ancestry.com, I recently heard about the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge". The premise: write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor.

So, I've decided to accept the Challenge and finally get to my plan of bringing my acestors to life through this blog. My goal for 2014 is to focus on one ancestor each week, in no particular order, on both the maternal and paternal sides of my family - some I will know a lot about and others not so much.  However that is the reality of genealogy.

While I accept this challenge for myself, in honour of my ancestors, and with hope that my descendants and "collateral" family members will enjoy the blog, it will be a nice bonus if others are interested in our stories as well.

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Frances Hillier | Reply 23.01.2014 08.49

Karen, it is so neat that you're doing this. Really interesting and I've read all 4 so far! There is something magical in learning about our older relatives.

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01.06 | 08:05

I am related on the Swift side , have an interest in his history , wondering if you have any other information about him or know any other relatives who have

09.01 | 05:14

Yes very interesting. No worries will have to do some research on it to see what I can find. Thanks for your reply

08.01 | 09:32

I don't know. It's an interesting address isn't it? Sorry. Not much help. Karen

08.01 | 08:52

I have also found ancestors living at this address in 1861 census. Alexander & Janet McKay with family.Do you know if this was related to a row of cottages?

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